News Poem: ‘The Stalin variations’

News Poem: ‘The Stalin variations’

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“I guess that’s a bit dark! Well, what can we do — sometimes the darkness simply arrives.”
–David Rothman

The Colorado Independent‘s News-Stained Poetry Project features poems that are about the news, products of the news, responses to the news. “News stained” is meant as a badge of honor, a reference to the long tradition of the poet as witness. As Carolyn Forché wrote, politics can sometimes be seen as a “contaminant to serious literary work,” something to be avoided. But that way of thinking, she said, “gives the political realm too much and too little scope… It renders the personal too important and not important enough.” News developments, whether or not they are reported, shape our personal lives every day. We don’t often think in the moment about how that is happening and what it means. We should think more about it. Poets think about it. And we want to help encourage them to write more about it.

Please send submissions to, subject line “poem,” with a short bio and some mention of where and when the poem was written.

[ Photo by Audrey H. Taken in Belgrade. ]

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About the Author

David Rothman

David J. Rothman lives in Crested Butte, and serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. He also teaches classes at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and serves as Poet in Residence for Colorado Public Radio. His most recent books include two volumes of poetry, Part of the Darkness and The Book of Catapults, and a work of creative nonfiction, Living the Life: Tales from America's Mountains & Ski Towns, all available on Amazon . |
@Prosodisto | david.j.rothman

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